With cruising, majority of things are included in the price. And that’s why it’s so amazing! Depending on the cruise line – what you get for your money differs.
What the general fare cost gives you is your cabin and meals on a full board basis. When we talk about food, you can rest easy knowing that most of the places onboard requires no extra money. Some ships can incur a surcharge – but this is completely optional and an added extra if you choose it.
Drinks onboard are another choice for you. The general tea and coffee in the mornings, and juice/water at the tables are expected. If you’re thinking of going up to the bar for something a little bit out of the basics realm, you’ll be expected to pay – unless you have prepaid for a certain drinks package. 9/10 times, the drinks package is worthwhile, but again this depends on your circumstances. If you’re not a drinker, spend your money elsewhere. If you do like a drink, and don’t want the hassle of not knowing the bill at the end – look into a drinks package.
Entertainment onboard is included, such as swimming pools, gyms, sports courts, etc. By night; the shows, comedians and nightclubs are the same. There may be extras that you can upgrade to go and see – again, depending on the cruise line. But know that 90% of all things will be paid for.
Don’t feel as though you’re missing out on these extras, and don’t feel that they’re a necessity. You’re basics onboard shouldn’t be referred to as ‘basics’, because you get a lot for your money.
When calling up to book, you should also be aware of gratuities. When I first came to cruising, I didn’t know what this meant. Gratuities are the prepaid tips that go to the serving staff onboard. These differ from cruise line, to the length of your cruise and some can be prepaid, paid onboard or taken off once onboard if a valid reason is provided. This is a factor worth looking into when booking, as your budget may need to be slightly adjusted if not counted in.
Transfers and Flights are an obvious one, but one to consider if you’re just looking at your cruise. We provide Fly Cruises, so the price will include the cruise and flights – but if you’ve decided to book a Cruise Only, remember your flights will add up on top of that cheap deal. Transfers are the same. We can sort these out – no problem. But if you’re thinking of driving, factor in parking costs and petrol. If you’re getting the train or coach, book tickets early to avoid selling out at the times you need.
Visas are one to think about too. This again changes with where you’re heading off to, but its a NEEDED cost, otherwise you won’t be able to travel. This is the same for Travel Insurance, that needs to be registered before sailing, should there be any problems. Along with the medical theme, make sure you’ve booked immunisations and got all your prescriptions before you go. Again, dependent on where you’re going and what you’ve had in the past – get in touch with your Doctors for all the information you need.
And of course, port money. You can stay onboard and lap up the freebies, but if you want a big fat waffle from Bruges or some wine in Paris, then you’ll need some pocket money.
Facilities onboard are so vast with each ship, but this is just a general overview to what extras you can expect when travelling…